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Chicago Defender Archives Individuals Files
Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for
Olive Diggs papers
Olive Myrl Diggs (d. 1980) served as editor of the Chicago Bee from 1937 until it folded in 1947. After her time at the Bee, she served as director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, and in 1979, retired as Administrative Assistant in the Chicago Department of Planning, City and Community Development. The Olive Diggs papers span from 1942 to 1980.